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Oxford Nanopore’s portable DNA sequencer can detect pathogens

oxford-nanpore-logoA sophisticated palm-sized, nanopore-based portable device can recognize a range of pathogens, including E. coli, cowpox, and smallpox. The device is USB powered and it can be used out in the field by medics.

The innovative hand-held DNA sequencer can be used to differentiate specific strains of bacteria and viruses within six hours. The idea is to use the device in countries with weak health infrastructures and where medical centers are many miles away.

The device has been developed by a technology start-up called Oxford Nanopore Technologies. The device itself has been named MinION. It is one of the first practically working nanopore sequencing devices manufactured.

Read more about MinION in the article by Tim Sandle at Digital Journal…

Oxford Nanopore was founded on the science of Professor Hagan Bayley of the University of Oxford in 2005, and was based at Begbroke Science Park from 2007-2009. The company now employs a team of more than 150 people including scientists, engineers, informaticians, manufacturing and commercial specialists. Headquartered in Oxford, UK, the Company also has employees in Cambridge (UK), New York and Boston.

Joanna Grant